It wasn’t possible to make the doors open outwards because of the stupid cockpit
seat moulding. And like I said, the slots for the washboards are still there, so if I am ever in fear of swamping I can easily slide in a piece of wood to raise the threshold, and another to block the entrance completely.
But then, my center cockpit
coamings are six feet from the waterline, which is higher more than most sailboats, (measure yours and see), so it would have to be a real whopper of a curly to swamp the cockpit.
By the way I was only being facetious about never having heavy weather. I’ve crossed one of the worst seas in the world, The Bay of Biscay—twice. So I know what the ocean can be like.